OAKWOOD -- Virginia June Cooper, 91, of Oakwood, died Sunday, February 24, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born June 21, 1921, in Putnam County, to the late Edgar Ray and Helene Elizabeth (Eastman) Rockey. Virginia attended a one-room schoolhouse until fourth grade, when she began attending Continental Local Schools, from which she graduated in 1939. She married Virgil Homer Cooper on April 21, 1939, and in 1941 they moved to a house north of Oakwood where she lived until her death. Virgil died September 28, 1984.
Known as the matriarch and co-founder of Cooper Farms, Virginia worked on the turkey farm and in the hatchery during the early years of the company. She had a passion for crocheting and would regularly be found making blankets and other items for friends and family. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren and was known as the "birthday card lady," who not only sent each family member a card, but also all the local children until they were 18 years old.
Virginia was a member Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, the Ladies' Aid Society, Pollyanna Club and the Oakwood Methodist Women's Group.
She is survived by her three children, James Robert (Anada) Cooper, Dianne Lynn Cooper and Gary Alan (Cheryl) Cooper, all of Oakwood, Ohio, as well as 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-stepgrandchildren: Greg and Suzanne Cooper (Arlyn, Tianna and Royce); Dawn and Mike Price (Peyton); Darcy Cooper; Athena and Steve Brown (Nicholas and Lindsay Roose, Christopher Brown, and Allison Brown); Kendra and Byron Keeler (Maggie, Aaron and Joseph); Eric and Sandy Ludwig (Brittany and Reid Linder, Holly, Andrew, Blair and Brooke); Matthew and Amy Ludwig (Wes); Jennifer and Mark VanCleve (Jacob, Jade and Malayna); Heather Cooper (Avery); Tara Cooper; Luke Cooper; Kacy and Brett Wagner; and Cole and Vanessa Cooper; a sister, Phyllis May Lloyd of Continental; and three brothers, Richard Rockey of Defiance, Marvin Rockey of Texas, and Randall Rockey of New Mexico.
She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Brandon Andrew Ludwig; a sister, Carol Alma Shirey; and two brothers, Delbert Ray Rockey and Royal John Rockey.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood, with Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that contributions be made to the Cooper Community Library, 206 North First Street, Oakwood, Ohio 45873; or Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, 201 East Harmon Street, Oakwood, Ohio 45873. Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.